Helvellyn ascent from Dunmail Raise

Suitable for

Beginners with good fitness

Group size


Ideal length

1 day

When to go

All year round


From £75pp

The ascent starts at the summit of Dunmail Raise from where we climb steeply beside Raise Beck to Grisedale Tarn.

Meet your guide at a pre arranged time and location - often over a cup of tea or coffee depending on the time of year and weather.

Start at the summit of Dunmail Raise (near the A591). Then climb steeply beside Raise Beck to Grisedale Tarn. The zig-zag path path above the tarn then leads us upwards to our first stopof the Nethermost Pike to the summit of Helvellyn at 950m (distance 6.5km) taking approvimaetly 4 hrs.

The shortest decent is to Swirls car park on the A591 (distance 3.5km) taking approvimately 3 hrs. Total ascent of 700m (7hrs). A great walk on good footpaths to the summit of England's 3rd highest mountain. Suitable for all of the family if they're reasonably fit.

TOTAL TIME: 6-7 hours. Total ascent 700m. Total distance ~10km.

Meeting Place and Transport: to be arranged with the group leader in advance (note: there may be an extra cost for any local transfers of pickup)

Your guide

Pete Armstrong

Pete Armstrong is a native Cumbrian and experienced Mountain Leader. Brought up in Keswick, he's amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge of the district. He's been guiding in the Lake District for over 20 years and delights in passing on his love of the area's rich heritage and landscape. A day out with Pete will be filled with laughs, challenge and fun learning.


  • Bespoke adventure for you or your group.
  • Advice on kit needed
  • Advice on best travel options

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks
  • Personal activity insurance

Where to stay

For a quality, comfortable guest house experience try Rivendell Guest House in Keswick, from £40/person. Call 017687 73822. 

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